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A Changing Climate May Not Spell Doom For Coral Reefs After All
2013-10-30 09:18:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its academic partners reveals that coral reefs may be able to adapt to moderate climate warming, improving their chance of surviving through the end of this century, if there are large reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. The findings, published online in the journal Global Change Biology, also suggest corals have already adapted to part of the warming...

2013-09-23 08:23:10

Massive Online Portal Combines Dynamic 360-degree Imagery and Data Sets for Baseline Scientific Research; Reveals Wonders of Coral Reefs to the World HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Catlin Seaview Survey, a pioneering scientific expedition revealing the state of the world's coral reefs, today announced the launch of the Catlin Global Reef Record (www.globalreefrecord.org), sponsored by international insurer Catlin Group Limited. The Catlin Global Reef Record is a...

Coral Reef Biodiversity More Important To Divers Than Fish Abundance
2013-08-20 15:31:55

[WATCH VIDEO: Tamar Artificial Reef Now Teeming With Life] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With ecotourism on the rise, determining what elements of a nature-based attraction are most appealing can have significant consequences financially and for raising awareness of conservation issues. In a new study of the Negev from Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Israel, researchers found that divers were able to differentiate between an artificial reef’s biodiversity and...

Citizen Science Valuable, Benefits Marine Research Greatly
2013-03-13 12:48:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mobile technology is enabling people to become productive in ways they never thought possible and recently the scientific community has been looking to tap into that productivity by enlisting citizen scientists. To see just how reliable crowd-sourced research can be, a group of international scientists decided to check data collected by citizen scientists against information collected using traditional scientific means and found that...

Our Coral Reefs Are Tougher Than We Thought
2012-07-12 16:38:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region pull through faster from major stress than their Caribbean counterparts, leading marine scientists said today. Dr George Roff and Professor Peter Mumby from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The University of Queensland told the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns said that coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region are more stout than the Caribbean reef...

2012-07-10 10:34:54

Like their warrior ancestors, leaders of many Pacific Island nations have been making efforts to safeguard their countries, this time by sounding an alarm as the impact of climate change becomes more apparent.  Today their efforts received a big boost with the release of a Scientific Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Coral Reefs that is supported by over 2,600 scientists, showing the threats that reef corals are under across the globe and calling for governments worldwide to take...

2012-05-03 09:11:50

Australia´s sea snakes may be more in danger of extinction than previously thought, marine scientists say. New research on turtleheaded sea snakes that frequent coral reefs in Australia and nearby New Caledonia has found they are strongly attached to their home reef and rarely venture even a few kilometers to neighboring reefs. Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) and The University of Sydney used genetic ℠fingerprinting´ to show...

Another Outbreak Of Coral Disease Hits The Reefs Of Kāneʿohe Bay, Oʿahu
2012-01-08 05:25:27

Researchers at the Hawai℠i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), an organized research unit in the University of Hawai℠i at Mānoa´s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology have discovered an outbreak of coral disease called Montipora White Syndrome (MWS) in KāneÊ¿ohe Bay, OÊ¿ahu. (MWS) was discovered affecting coral reefs in KāneÊ¿ohe Bay, OÊ¿ahu.  Follow-up surveys found that...

Hawaiian Coral Reefs Valued At $33.5 Billion
2011-10-22 04:55:23

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) survey of U.S. residents has discovered that Americans estimate the value of Hawaii's coral reefs at $33.57 billion per year, the scientific agency reported on Friday. According to an NOAA press release, the organization conducted a "scientifically developed national Internet survey of more than 3,100 households" from throughout the entire country, not just the state of Hawaii or the coastal area, from June through October 2009....

2011-10-07 14:00:00

Historical reconstruction reveals humans contributed to both degradation and recovery of coral reefs STONY BROOK, N.Y. and STANFORD, Calif., Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Changing human activities coupled with a dynamic environment over the past few centuries have caused fluctuating periods of decline and recovery of corals reefs in the Hawaiian Islands, according to a study sponsored in part by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University. Using the...